Palm Sunday 2022-2023 - Whom Seekest Thou: Restorative Easter Reflections

Sunday, April 10, 2022


For Holy Week 2022, we felt called to explore restorative reinterpretations of familiar Easter stories. These renditions are intended to inspire thoughtful consideration and action in support of marginalized communities engaged in the hallowed work of transformative action and righteous unrest.

Join us for Palm Sunday as Channing reads her poem, "Jesus Said Hello," and consider joining us in donating to The Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project to invest in a future of safety, protection, and celebration for arrivals of all kinds.

Jesus Said Hello

I mean, I think that’s what he’d say 

upon arrival To Jerusalem.

I wasn’t there, so I can’t be sure,

But I feel confident all the same.

People say that Jesus said a lot of things.

We weren’t there, so we can’t be sure.

But based on what we think we know,

We usually feel pretty confident all the same.

what I do know

Is that Jesus arrived to a big city

After traveling a long way through the desert.

He arrived on a donkey, 

his path honored with

Palm leaves.

And I can’t help but wonder

How the story might be different

Might be the same

If it were to happen

In a different time and a different place

Perhaps on A sunny sunday afternoon

In a desert somewhere

Welcomed by a path of barbed wire

And the raucous demands of border patrol guards

Who give commands

And take everything else:

Belongings. Dignity. Children.

Some might say,

Well yes, Jesus crossed 

But Judas came too 

and he was a bad dude.

And my point is

That Jesus loved Judas too.

What I do know is

every arrival

Coming on the run from a shark’s mouth

Deserves colorful banners heavy with welcome,

Fresh water and hot elote.

What I do know is

everyday in border towns

The sun rises on a morning like Palm Sunday:

Day of promise.

New Beginnings.

What I do know is

Jesus said, Come, Follow Me

And spread miracles and messages of love

Across time

Across place

Across borders


Immigration continues to be a controversial topic in the United States, especially in states on the US/Mexico border; meanwhile people seeking asylum are met not with celebration and protection, but disdain. Families are separated, children from mothers and fathers, who face likely deportation with no promise or timetable of reunification. 

As we turn toward action to change zero tolerance immigration policies, we look to organizations such as The Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project, which provides free legal and social services to detained adults and children under the threat of deportation. 

Please consider joining us in taking action toward a radical investment in a future of joyful, safe, and celebratory immigration this Easter season with a donation to The Florence Project.

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